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  • Snow Leopard Beats Win 7 in Speed, But Not Gaming

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    A CNET test has shown that Mac OS 10.6 outperforms the Windows 7 RTM build in general performance, though Snow Leopard fell short in 3D image rendering. However, the tester noted that the Mac is "the only platform, for now, that can run both Windows and OS X."

    Snow Leopard needed 36.4 seconds to boot up the MacBook Pro used by CNET's Dong Ngo, while Windows 7 booted in 42.7 seconds. Shutting down the Mac OS took 6.6 seconds as compared to 12.6 seconds for Windows. Battery life was 78 minutes under Windows 7 using a high-demand test, while Snow Leopard stayed alive for 111 minutes under the same conditions.

    The test also measured how long it took QuickTime to convert a movie file from the MP4 format into the iPod format while at the same time having iTunes converting songs in the background. The difference between operating systems was stark: the task was done in 444.3 seconds on Snow Leopard versus 723 seconds for Windows. However, there's some wiggle in this benchmark, as QuickTime X was only available for Mac OS. It's not clear how much of the time difference is due to differences between the new version and QuickTime 7.

    Windows was clearly on top in making use of the Nvidia 512MB GeForce 9600M GT card on Ngo's MacBook Pro. The test found that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare rendered 26.3 frames per second under Windows 7, compared with just 21.3 frames per second under Snow Leopard.

    Overall, Apple doesn't fare as well as one might have imagined on its "home turf." Especially for high-performance 3D graphics, Windows 7 shows impressive results while Apple's advantage seems limited to areas it can control, such as startup and shutdown, as well as native applications.

    Ngo's own conclusion?

    If you can get by with just software designed by Apple and... if money is not an issue--and it definitely is for most of us--you should get a Mac.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Snow Leopard Beats Win 7 in Speed, But Not Gaming started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      It's not Mac or PC who gets the girls...it's the inventor of the USB:

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    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      1st gen iPhone?
      that thud u might have just heard was me falling out of my chair lmao'ing, cheeky fellow aren't you...

      after ur last post.....


      that made my whole day
    1. cssoz's Avatar
      cssoz -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Get a PS3 for gaming.
      PC > PS3

      why? upgradable
    1. handsomePATT's Avatar
      handsomePATT -
      the only thing better about pc is media center
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      You probably get less than 1/4 the looks from any of the girls though


      much love, boxxa

      Hahahaha. <3 Girls who make arguments about how cool their Mac's are about as attractive as a girl with a giant herpes sore on their lip.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cssoz View Post
      PC > PS3

      why? upgradable
      both are hack....err....upgradeable so i'd say thats a push...
    1. Kamil18's Avatar
      Kamil18 -
      No fricken way.... Windows 7 is slower on a MB Pro then snow leopard?! WOAH... im shocked!

      p.s. drivers drivers drivers drivers
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      PS3> add me glassJAw624, will do work when modern warfare 2 comes out.
    1. iphonekid's Avatar
      iphonekid -
      snow leopard all the way
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I want to have the wallet to have both so i can do the comparo myself
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      That's awesome, Mac's rock! Don't get me wrong Windows is cool when I need it, I'll use XP with Parallels when I can't run a program on OS X and its fine, but I definitely use Leopard 98% of the time. I just have too many friends and neighbors that are using Windows 7 or XP and have so many problems with it, I think its just too much...awesome for gaming though.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk283 View Post
      Oh yeah man the best gaming system faster processor then the abox 360 and is capable to put yellowdog OS on it its a computer and a gaming system
      Idk what yellowdog OS is but they have the exact same speed processor 3.2ghz just different types, 360 PowerPC(which i think is quite halarious considering apple was one of the main useres of this) and teh PS3 a microcell anyways just saying
      but ehh, if that's the only speed difference and thats on a mac, why not try a windows 7 on a pc so? not fair imo and but still its all about personal prefrence especialy with those minute speed diffs cept that top one
      and on one last note i think its funny that it has to say that the smaller bar is better :P
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      PS3> add me glassJAw624, will do work when modern warfare 2 comes out.
      Add me on PS3 guys, I'm Awayze
      Lol back on topic, the mac should be better for gaming as mine has nvidia 9400 and 9600GT in it.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by petterloco1 View Post
      I love windows 7 I think pc has a lot to offer but on the other hand mac is more reliable. It's all user choice
      Based on what? Data randomly disappearing on Snow Leopard? LOL
    1. Xagest's Avatar
      Xagest -
      The one big thing that keeps me on the windows side (aside from PC games) is that Apple has this huge proprietary-ness around all their products, and it makes me uncomfortable. It feels like everything from the video cables to third party software have to go through the Apple Store.

      Granted, I'm the type of guy who wants a USB port on everything from his laptop to his toaster, so maybe Macs weren't made for a guy like me.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Microsoft does have an advantage where gaming is concerned e.g the xbox, xbox360
    1. Kedianjimenez's Avatar
      Kedianjimenez -
      how Bias can you be that you thrash windows like that? even I, who owns both a PC (alienware M15x) and macbook pro, have to say that windows 7 is one of the best operating systems microsoft has come up with,althought straight out of the package it DOES go really heavy on resources (yet alot lighter than vista) part of the reason because windows 7 is more like an eye candy and it defenitely does look nice.thats where system tweaks comes in.

      although the macbook does have a certain smoothness that noone can really dislike, my windows 7 runs alot faster especially under multitasking, it all boils down to subjective specifications what you like and what your used to, so if they are really gonna run stats on both OS then they should put them both at top performance, meaning tweaks and taking out all unnessesary start up. btw my windows 7 takes about 26 secs to bootup.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kedianjimenez View Post
      btw my windows 7 takes about 10 secs to bootup.
      Counting the POST and everything? You running Big Blue there or what?
    1. Kedianjimenez's Avatar
      Kedianjimenez -
      sorry typo, i meant to write 20secs, but now i official time tested my boot up and it gave me 26.3 secs, and this is with all the extra programs i have staring up in the begging which defenitely adds seconds. Windows XP should be much more impressive though because it is very light on resources and start-up memory

      my laptop is a windows 7 ultimate 64-bit intel 2.8 dual core extreme processor, 4gb ram, 512mb Nvidia Geforce 9800M GT
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by organik View Post
      The reviewer still assumes Macs are more expensive. Matched spec machines, Macs are not more expensive, AND they hold their value better. I know, I've owned and sold several and I'm always surprised at how much I get! Also, unlike most people my primary work app, QLab, is Mac only! How weird is that! That said, I do have a PC at home with Win7 (& a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard), at it's pretty damn nice, a huge improvement over Vista. Still spend 95% of my time on the Mac.

      MacBook Pro = $2,499

      Configure - Apple Store (U.S.)

      Asus N70SV-X1 = $1,299

      Newegg.com - ASUS N70 Series N70SV-X1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9550&#40;2.66GHz&#41; 17.3&#34; 4GB Memory 640GB HDD 7200rpm BD Combo NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M - Laptops / Notebooks

      Mac advantages:
      .2 Ghz

      Asus advantages:
      140 more Gb
      Faster HDD
      More powerful graphics card

      Go try to pass off your inaccuracies somewhere else